- About Us
JEFFREY J. PENICHET
As a business owner and longtime board member for multiple non-profit organizations and previous commission appointments, he is experienced in organizational management, quality effectiveness analysis, policy development, financial statement evaluation, and investment recommendations
He founded, managed and grew from a start-up to a medium sized business entity Bilingual Educational Services, Inc. Over time, he developed systems for producing and publishing education materials; moved from manual records to computerization with specialized software; analyzed financial growth and contained labor and production costs; and, developed organizational structures for a 65,000 square foot storage and distribution warehouse.
As a Commissioner for the Los Angeles City Employee Retirement System for four years, he helped evaluate and recommend investments for a $14 billion portfolio in several investment categories including stocks and private equity.
He is a long time Board Member of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF), an organization that provides preschool and family services to over 100,000 clients annually. The organization has expanded its budget from $20 million to $87 million. For the last five years, he has been serving as Chairperson of Properties, Inc., supervising the acquisition of two buildings and increasing income substantially for the parent organization.
Penichet holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington.
Teresa Dreyfuss worked at Rio Hondo College for 32 years. She retired on June 30, 2019, after serving for six years as Superintendent/President of the College. A native of Taiwan, Ms. Dreyfuss first came to the college in 1987, and previously served as Interim Superintendent/President, Vice President-Finance and Business, Chief Financial Officer, Controller, Business Manager, and Senior Accountant.
Ms. Dreyfuss holds an MBA from the University of Laverne and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Chinese Culture, Taipei, Taiwan. She worked as a part-time instructor at both Rio Hondo College and Los Angeles City College, teaching accounting and business classes for ten years, and as the Director of Business at Riverside Community College.
She serves on several Boards, including as an Advisory Member to the El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce, Board Member for the Los Angeles County Successor Agency Oversight Board (Fourth District appointee), and Member of the Los Angeles and Orange County Regional Consortium Governance Council. She is also active with the Soroptimist International of Whittier, and Soroptimist International of South El Monte and El Monte, and the Whittier Historical Society. Ms. Dreyfuss is also a Member of the Chancellor's Office Facility Task Force and Chief Business Officials California Community College, and a Faculty Member at the Leadership Development Program for Higher Education.
NANCY G. HARRIS
Nancy G. Harris is a mortgage broker with ten years experience in mortgage lending industry. She previously held the positions of Regional Vice President, Corporate Trainer, and Loan Originator with Home Savings of America. Ms. Harris is currently a Board member of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation, member of The New Leaders Organization, affiliate member of the Consolidated Realty Board, and arbitrator for the NASD.
Yasmine-Imani McMorrin is an attorney, equity advocate, and mom. In November 2020, Yasmine-Imani was elected as a Council Member in Culver City. She is the first Black woman to serve in this capacity. She sits on various Ad Hoc committees of the city Council including Education, Housing and Homelessness, and Sustainability, among others. Yasmine-Imani is employed as the Director of Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement for Diversity in Leadership Institute. She is a graduate of the Los Angeles African American Women's Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI) and New Leaders Council-Los Angeles. She earned a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law and B.A. in Economics from Spelman College.
J. SHAWN LANDRES, Ph.D.
Connecting people, ideas, and resources, Shawn Landres, PhD, has earned international recognition for his leadership in social innovation. A widely published essayist and editor whose work has been featured by the White House and covered by TIME, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, he is co-founder and Board co-chair of Jumpstart Labs, a philanthropic research and design consultancy
A Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Landres is a City of Santa Monica Planning Commissioner and an appointee to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Financial Oversight Committee. He is a former chair of the City of Santa Monica Social Services Commission.
Landres brings to the Commission more than two decades of experience in academic, nonprofit, and philanthropic leadership, social entrepreneurship, network building, and organizational development, including the Clinton Administration's Reinventing Government initiative and projects funded by the U.S. State Department and the British government
In 2015, Landres led the Commission’s Strategic Plan Update and shepherded its “Digital by Default” report; he also chaired the Santa Monica Public Library's Innovation Technology Task Force. In 2016, he co-authored the UCLA/California Community Foundation report, “The Generosity Gap: Donating Less in Post-Recession Los Angeles County.” In 2017, he co-authored co-authored the Future of Cities LA/USC Huntington Institute report, “Space to Lead: A Century of Civic Leadership in Los Angeles."
A Los Angeles native who grew up in Santa Monica, where he now lives with his wife and two young daughters, Landres holds degrees from Columbia University (BA cum laude, religion), the University of Oxford (MSt with distinction, social anthropology), and the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a PhD in religious studies. He has co-edited four books and published award-winning articles and essays that advance intergroup understanding.
In 2013, the Liberty Hill Foundation honored him with its NextGen Leadership Award. He was a 2015-16 California Connections Fellow of the Southern California Leadership Network, which in 2017 selected him as a 30th anniversary “30-in-30” alumni honoree.
Landres has served a non-executive manager for and/or advised numerous early-stage ventures and social enterprises. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Human Relations Council - Santa Monica Bay Area. Other advisory commitments include the Southern California Grantmakers Public Policy Committee, NEXUS, and the Liberty Hill Foundation. Landres, whom the Forward recognized in 2009 as one of America's 50 most influential Jewish leaders in 2009, also serves on the Jewish Federation's ChangeMaker Challenge Steering Committee.
WILLIAM B. PARENT
William “Bill” Parent is a recently-retired lecturer in public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he worked as an administrator and teacher for 20 years. He taught courses on Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations, Leadership in the Public Interest, and Urban Homelessness Policy. He served as Associate Dean for Administration, Associate Dean for Advancement, and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives. He was Acting Director of the former UCLA Luskin Center for Civil Society from 2009 to 2016.
In Santa Monica, Bill has served on the Social Services Commission since 2015, including a term as Chair, with a focus on homelessness. He was also Co-Chair of the Santa Monica Homelessness Steering Committee, 2017-2018. Before joining UCLA in 2000, Bill was on the senior staff of the Harvard Kennedy School from 1986 to 1999, including five years as Executive Director of the Harvard University-Ford Foundation Innovations in American Government Program.
He is a former newspaper reporter who has published articles in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and California Policy Options. He also worked previously for the Paterson New Jersey Board of Education, New York City Board of Education, the California Governor’s Office of Appropriate Technology during Governor Jerry Brown’s second term, and for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he also received his B.A and Ed.D.
In retirement, he recently completed a full-length screenplay based on a true story, The White Hibiscus.
Jacki Bacharach served for 14 years as Mayor and Councilmember in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (a predecessor agency to the LACMTA) for 12 years. On the Commission, she chaired the overall Planning Committee, the Rail Construction and Planning Committees as well as the full Commission. She led the committees through the development of the overall rail plan for L.A. County and oversaw the construction of the Metro Blue and Green Lines.
Since 1985 she has been a member of the Los Angeles-San Diego Rail Corridor Agency overseeing and improving L.A.-San Diego Amtrak service representing LACMTA serving as the Vice Chair which she remained until the end of 2012 when her appointment ended.
Jacki Bacharach was a charter member of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority dealing with landside access to the Ports of LA and Long Beach and served as Founding Chair of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority - the five-county agency that operates the Metrolink commuter rail system.
She served on the State Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century and as a member of the National Commission on Intermodal Transportation as well as serving as a member of President Clinton’s Transition Team Transportation Cluster Group. In both of these positions, she was the only member from California.
Her first job after graduating from UCLA was as a social worker for L.A. County Department of Social Services.
Maxwell Billieon is the CEO of The Billieon Group. His professional experience includes executive business development of branded intellectual properties with an emphasis on the specialty markets of commercial land development, residential real estate development, entertainment multi-media, textile manufacturing, crypto-currency mining and luxury lifestyle goods development, manufacturing and distribution.
He is a best-selling author and globally requested professional speaker with expertise in Generation X, socio-politics and business entrepreneurship. He is the recipient of a Gold Seal commendation from the City of Los Angeles and is a respected national television and radio host and multi-media personality.
Viggo Butler brings many successful years of experience as an airport executive, where he was President of Lockheed Air Terminal, Inc. and Corporate Vice President of Lockheed Corporation. He was formerly Chairman of United Airports, Limited, Inc., a privately held company specializing in privatization of businesses and airport operations and security. He also previously he held the position of Chairman of Avicom International.
He is known internationally for his expertise in privatization of government enterprises, international financing transactions, airport operations, security, finance, and airline services. Mr. Butler has testified before the U.S. Congress and British Parliament, and has spoken at forums around the world, including the World Economic Forum.
Also active in the community, he serves on the Boards of Pepperdine University, the Business Advisory of the Reason Foundation, and formerly on the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Butler was honored as the distinguished graduate of the Pepperdine Business School as well as California Polytechnic University. He earned his undergraduate BA in Business from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and his MBA at Pepperdine University.
E. SCOTT PALMER
Scott Palmer is an experienced business litigator and a founder of Palmer Hunter, Attorneys at Law. Previously, he was a partner with the law firms of Keesal, Young & Logan and Palmer, Lombardi & Donohue. Mr. Palmer has received Martindale Hubbel’s AV rating, a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. He has also been identified as a Southern California Super Lawyer every year since 2009.
Mr. Palmer was appointed to the Quality and Productivity Commission by the Board of Supervisors on October 30, 2018, as an appointee of Supervisor Kathryn Barger. He also serves as the Los Angeles Chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association, and a board member of the Pacific Battleship Foundation which operates the USS IOWA in the port of Los Angeles.
Mr. Palmer is a graduate of the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley (B.S.), and the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California (J.D.).
Nichelle Henderson is an educator and union activist committed to grassroots capacity-building around the issues of education, labor and women’s rights. She is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles, where she is employed as a Lecturer with the Cal State Teach teacher preparation program and a member of the California Faculty Association - Los Angeles Chapter Executive Board and Statewide Representation Committee. Nichelle was born and raised in Los Angeles County. She is very active in local politics; holding the position of 1st Vice President of the Los Angeles African American Women’s Political Action Committee (LAAAWPAC) and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
RODNEY C. GIBSON, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles - Ph.D. - Electrical Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles – M.S - Electrical Engineering
University of California, Davis, B.S. - Electrical Engineering
Other - Defense Systems Management College Course for Industry, Brookings Institute Course on Public Policy for Acquisition Professionals, Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership, and Edward Deming’s Course on Total Quality Management.
MILITARY - Captain U.S. Army, serving in the U.S. and Vietnam
Consultant for Vanguard Research, working for the Missile Defense Agency
Consultant for the development and application of commercial satellites for DoD
Extensive experience with The Aerospace Corporation, retiring after 32 years as Senior Vice President of System Planning and Engineering.
- Requirement definition, planning, development, production, test, launch, and deployment of many DoD developed satellite systems
- Independent reviews and technical assessments of these satellite systems January 2011
Dion Rambo is well known in Los Angeles as a creative and strategic problem solver. He is the founder and CEO of Rambo House, a full-service marketing firm. His expertise includes public relations, event and media coordination, advertising, branding, and social media marketing.
Mr. Rambo is also the founder and CEO of TeleHealth Vans, a company he created during the pandemic to solve the problem of lack of access to ongoing mental health services in underserved communities of Los Angeles. TeleHealth Vans has facilitated more than 10,000 telehealth visits with mental health therapists for L.A.’s low-income community. TeleHealth Vans has also been recognized by the U.S. military and provides telehealth services to Afghani refugees being housed at three military bases.
In 2022, Mr. Rambo was selected to participate in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, a program that enlists business executives and expert entrepreneurs to work with the City to strengthen L.A.’s economy. Mr. Rambo’s efforts will be focused on developing additional resources to help minority entrepreneurs to successfully win contracts with the City.
Working with the City and County of Los Angeles as an inclusion strategist, Mr. Rambo was instrumental in the development of ongoing workshops, seminars and websites designed to help entrepreneurs gain access to capital through contracts, including:
- Accessing LA Expo, Los Angeles Board of Commissions
- Access to Capital Expo, City of Los Angeles Office of Economic Development
- Leveraging Women Owned Businesses, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering
- Building LA Today, City of Los Angeles
Awards and Recognition:
- Walmart Community Playmaker Award, 2018, an award that recognizes members in the community who are dedicated to improving the lives of others and being a force for good.
- Certificate of Appreciation, Mayor Eric Garcetti
- Exceptional Community Service Award, Board of Public Works.
- Certificates of Appreciation, Department of Children and Family Services
Mr. Rambo also owns a successful import business based in Inglewood. He has provided funding to support STEAM programs in five Inglewood elementary schools.
Mr. Rambo was born and raised in South Los Angeles. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Food Bank of Southern California. He is a member of the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works Ad Hoc Business Advisory Committee.
HUASHA L. LIU
Ms. Huasha Liu is the Director of the Land Use and Environmental Planning at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). SCAG is the nation’s largest Metropolitan Planning Organization representing six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura) and 191 cities with over 18 million residents.
As part of the executive management at SCAG, Ms. Liu oversees numerous activities that are key to success of regional and local planning. She oversees the compliance with pertinent federal and state laws and regulations including transportation/air quality conformity, environmental justice, affordable housing (RHNA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and climate change (AB 32 and SB 375). She oversees the Sustainability Program that fosters livable communities and healthier environment while promoting economic well-being. The Sustainability Program covers the Compass Blueprint Program, Green Region initiative, and Active Transportation. Other major activities under Ms. Liu’s responsibilities include performance monitoring, socio-economic growth forecast, development of new tools to quantify progress of the region, Local Profiles Reports for each local jurisdictions, Research and Analyses, data/GIS technical services to members, and the State of the Region Report to assess the region’s progress.
Ms. Liu has over twenty years of experience in land use, transportation, housing, and environmental planning and related fields. Ms. Liu has over ten years of management experience. Prior to joining SCAG, Ms. Liu worked for over ten years at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. In addition, Ms. Liu has substantial planning experience in China focusing on regional collaboration and public policy for economic development on the Pacific Rim.
In 2004, Ms. Liu was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to serve on the county’s Quality and Productivity Commission. The role of the commission is to advise the board, oversee policies, and support the implementation of programs that enhance the quality and productivity of County services.
Ms. Liu earned her Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Nanjing University, China. She earned her Master’s degree in Urban and Transportation Planning from the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at University of Southern California.
Edward McIntyre holds two degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, a BS from the School of Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the Wharton School. The first twenty-plus years of his career were spent with a major energy company in the areas of engineering, finance, accounting, marketing and general management.
Following that he held financial and management positions in health care, education and services, specializing in dealing with troubled companies.
Most recently he served as President of Pedus Service, Inc., a provider of janitorial, security and food services to industry and government.
Prior to joining the Quality and Productivity Commission in 2011, Mr. McIntyre served as a member of the Economy and Efficiency Commission and was Foreman of the 2009-2010 Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury.
WILL WRIGHT, Hon. AIA|LA
Will Wright currently serves as the Director of Government and Public Affairs for the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA). As Los Angeles' chief advocate for better architecture and urban design, he helps bring together design thinkers and civic leaders to solve problems and set priorities.
With more than a dozen years of experience advocating for a healthier, more beautiful and better functioning city, he is responsible for a variety of roles including connecting architects and designers with civic leaders to help shape public policy and provide critical input on project delivery methods, procurement best-practices, infrastructure investments and environmental performance.
Mr. Wright currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) as a Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee. Previously, he served as the Vice Chair of BizFed’s Planning and Land-Use Committee. In 2013, Mr. Wright became a founding Board Member of the non-profit From Lot To Spot, which helps underserved communities transform vacant lots into parks and open space. He also currently serves as a public board member of the BOMA-LA Political Action Committee.
Mr. Wright has a BFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and a Masters in Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.